Round 4 squads: Brisbane Roar vs. Melbourne Heart


Sunday, 27 October 2013
Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Heart
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 4:00pm local (5:00pm AEDT)
Referee: Lucien Laverdure
Assistant Referee 1: Ashley Beecham
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Lindsay
Fourth Official: Alan Milliner

TV Broadcast: 4.30pm (AEDT) Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1HD and Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand).
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Melbourne Heart have lost just one of their last six league fixtures to Brisbane Roar (W3 D2).
Brisbane are unbeaten in six Hyundai A-League home games and have won four of their last five in the competition there.
Defensively, Brisbane have been tight recently – conceding just eight goals in their last 12 games in A-League competition.
Heart have now won any of their last 15 Hyundai A-League away games, losing 13 and drawing two on the road.

Brisbane Roar squad: 1.Michael THEO (gk), 2.Matthew SMITH (c), 3.Shane STEFANUTTO, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 10.HENRIQUE, 12.Julius DOE, 13.Jade NORTH, 14.Diogo FERREIRA, 15.James DONACHIE, 17.Matt McKAY, 18.Luke BRATTAN, 19.Jack HINGERT, 29.Matthew ACTON (gk), 22.Thomas BROICH, 23.Dimitri PETRATOS, 26.Corey BROWN, 28.Brandon BORRELLO, 29.Kwame YEBOAH
***Two to be omitted***

Ins: Julius DOE (promoted), Diogo FERREIRA (promoted), Brandon BORRELLO (promoted)
Out: Liam MILLER (calf – two weeks)

Unavailable: Besart BERISHA (hamstring – one week), George LAMBADARDIS (knee – season), Kofi Danning (knee – indefinite)

Melbourne Heart FC Squad: 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), 3.Robbie WIELAERT, 5.Sam MITCHINSON, 6.Patrick GERHARDT, 7.Iain RAMSAY, 8.Massimo MURDOCCA, 10.Harry Kewell (Captain), 11.Michael MIFSUD, 14.Golgol MEBRAHTU, 15.David WILLIAMS, 16.Aziz BEHICH, 17.Jason HOFFMAN, 19.Benjamin GARUCCIO, 20.Tando VELAPHI (GK), 21.Stefan MAUK, 22.Nick KALMAR, 23.Mate DUGANDZIC, 25.Andrea MIGLIORINI
***Two to be omitted***

Ins: 10.Harry KEWELL (returns from injury), 5.Sam MITCHINSON (promoted), 19.Benjamin GARUCCIO (promoted), 22.Nick KALMAR (promoted)
Outs: 28.Paulo RETRE (omitted), 24.Patrick KISNORBO (knee – 3 weeks)

Unavailable: 4.Orlando ENGELAAR (Fractured tibia – long-term), 9.Dylan MACALLISTER (Hamstring – 3-5 weeks), 13.Jonatan GERMANO (Hamstring – three weeks),


Stefanutto out with hamstring injury

Via ABC: Brisbane’s already depleted depth will be tested further with reports

Stefanutto is the latest injury casualty (Scott Barbour, Getty Images)

Stefanutto is the latest injury casualty (Scott Barbour, Getty Images)

that left back Shane Stefanutto left training this morning with a hamstring strain. The injury occurred in what is a conditioning session for the Roar, with Mulvey uncertain of how serious the injury is. “Our conditioning sessions are pretty tribal. We push the players to the edge,” he said. “I am not sure what happened to him (Shane) at the moment but he is in there seeing the physio. “Injuries are part and parcel of football and test the depth of your team. “We are in a situation where we have to call on people who have not been playing on a regular basis.

It’s unknown as of yet how long the veteran fullback will be out for, but he adds to what is a lengthy injury list now consisting of Stefanutto, Berisha, Danning, Miller and Lambadaridis. Adding to the issue is a virus which has gone through the club, with in form Ivan Franjic the latest to be struck down with the virus, missing training today, and Brattan is no certainty to play. Corey Brown is the obvious replacement for Stefanutto and there probably wont be much of a drop of playing wise, the leadership and experience of an in form Stefanutto will be missed however. That young depth of Jackson, Borrello, Clut, Yeboah and Liftin will be needed this weekend by the look of it.

Dobson- no additions despite injury crisis.


Via Marco: Brisbane’s General Manager Sean Dobson has confirmed that there will be no additions to the squad despite injuries to four of the clubs twenty first team listed players. In addition to Berisha (hamstring) and Miller (calf), both George Lambadaridis and Kofi Danning are also out with knee injuries. Then there’s Luke Brattan who is unlikely to train this week after picking up a tibia injury on Friday.

“We’re going forward with our young Queenslanders and happy to give them and Devante, who has come up from Sydney, the chance.” Dobson cited youngsters Brandon Borrello, Devante Clut, Kwame Yeboah and Ben Liftin as players who are capable of stepping up. Yeboah of course is already in the squad, while Borrello and Clut were amongst the best from the youth team at the weekend.

Tbh there isn’t a great deal of surprise in this, Brisbane under the current regime have intimated time and again they don’t see short term fixes and marquee signings as the answer. This weekend Diogo Ferreira will likely start in the midfield –after 90 minutes in the youth team on Saturday- with Yeboah maintaining his place upfront.

Former Players Wrap: 28/10/13


-Robbie Kruse came on to set up the winner for Leverkusen at home to Augsburg.
– Jean Carlos Solórzano made his return to the Puntarenas side off the bench
– Oar is still injured for Utrecht.

Transfer news:

Robbie Kruse (Bayer Leverkusen)

Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
3rd in Champions League Group A (After 3 of 6 games)
Robbie was an unused sub.

Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Augsburg
3rd in German Bundesliga (After 10 rounds)
Robbie came off the bench after 81 minutes, and set up the winning goal in the 83rd.

Ben Halloran (Fortuna Düsseldorf)
Fortuna Düsseldorf 1-6 Paderborn
10th in German 2.Bundesliga (After 12 rounds)
Ben wasn’t in the squad. He instead played 55 minutes for the Fortuna Düsseldorf II side.

Tommy Oar and Adam Sarota (FC Utrecht)

Cambur 3-1 Utrecht
15th in Dutch Eredivise (After 11 rounds)
Both Oar and Sarota are injured atm- Oar with a back injury, Sarota with his knee reconstruction.

Stef Nijland (PEC Zwolle)
PEC Zwolle 0-2 AZ Alkmaar
5th in Dutch Eredivise (After 11 rounds)
Nijland played the full 90 minutes for Zwolle.

Dario Vidosic (FC Sion)

Sion 2-0 Grasshopper
8th in Swiss Super League (After 13 Rounds)
Dario started and played 90 minutes.

Issey Nakajima-Farran (Alki Larnaca)

AE Kouklion 2-1 Alki Larnaca
14th in Cypriot 1.Division (After 7 games)
Issey wasn’t in the squad. Australian Robert Stambolizev popped up with the winner however.

Michael Baird (FC Universitatea Craiova)

Universitatea Craiova 1-0 Gloria Bistrita
1st in Romanian Liga II table (After 8 rounds).
Baird wasn’t involved in the clash.

Yuji Takahashi (Kyoto Sanga)

Kyoto Sanga 2-0 Consadole Sapporo
3rd in J.2 League (After 38 rounds)
No Takahashi in the squad.

Do Dong-Hyun (FC Gifu)
21st in J.2 League (After 38 rounds)
Yokohama FC 2-2 Gifu
Gifu 0-1 Tochigi
Do wasn’t involved in either game.

Erik Paartalu (Tianjin Teda)

11th in Chinese Super League-(After 28 rounds)
No game at the weekend

Korean Republic:
Luke DeVere (Gyeongnam)

Gyeongnam 1-2 Jeju United
4th in K-League Relegation Group
Luke was an unused sub.

Rocky Visconte (Suphanburi F.C.)

Chainat 3-0 Suphanburi
4th in Thai Premier League (After 31 rounds)
No game this weekend.

Sergio van Djik (Persib)

Season is over.

Mario Karlovic (Persebaya 1927)
Season is over.

James Meyer (Pune FC)

Pune FC 1-0 Rangdajied United
2nd in I-League (After 5 Rounds)
James wasn’t involved for Pune.

United Arab Emirates:
Milan Susak (Al Wasl)

Ajman 4-2 Al Wasl
10th in Arabian Gulf League (After 5 rounds)
Milan was out due to injury.

Alex Brosque (Al Ain)
Al Wahda 1-1 Al Ain
9th in Arabian Gulf League (After 5 Rounds)
Alex started and played the full game.

Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal)
Umm Salal 3-3 Al Rayyan
14th in Qatari Stars League (After 6 Rounds)
Sasa started and played the full 90.

Sayed Mohamed Adnan (Al Arabi)
Qatar SC 0-4 Al Arabi
6th in Qatari Stars League (After 6 Rounds)
Adnan came on with 5 minutes remaining.

North America:
Costa Rica:
Jean Carlos Solórzano (Puntarenas)

8th in Costa Rican Primera (After 17 games)
Puntarenas 0-1 Cartagines
Solórzano came off the bench with 20 minutes remaining.

Deportivo Saprissa 2-1 Puntarenas
Solórzano came on with just 3 minutes remaining.

South America:
Reinaldo Elias Da Costa (Operario Ferrivuario EC)

Season is over.

Michael Zullo, Steven Lustica and Daniel Bowles (Adelaide United)

Central Coast Mariners 1-0 Adelaide United
5th in A-League (After 3 Rounds)
Zullo and Lustica played the full 90, Bowles was is out injured.

Liam Reddy and Nick Fitzgerald (Central Coast Mariners)
Melbourne Heart 2-2 Central Coast Mariners
3rd in A-League (After 3 Rounds)
Fitzgerald started and played for 67 minutes, scoring the games only goal after 2 minutes. Reddy was on the bench.

Tando Velaphi, Andrew Redmayne, David Williams, Massimo Murdocca and Ross Archibald (Melbourne Heart)
Perth Glory 1-0 Melbourne Heart
8th in A-League (After 3 Rounds)
Redmayne, Murdocca and Williams started and played 90 minutes. Tando was on the bench. Archibald meanwhile played the full 90 minutes in the youth league.

Mitch Nichols, Jason Geria, Kosta Barbarouses and Anthony Proia (Melbourne Victory)
Melbourne Victory 1-0 Brisbane Roar
4th in A-League (After 3 Rounds)
Geria, Kosta and Nichols started, with Nichols replaced after 83, and Geria after 86. Kosta played the full 90. Proia meanwhile played 30 minutes for the Victory youth side.

Isaka Cernak (Perth Glory)
Perth Glory 1-0 Melbourne Heart
6th in A-League (After 3 Rounds)
Cernak wasn’t in the squad.

Matthew Jurman (Sydney FC)
Sydney FC 0-2 Western Sydney Wanderers
7th in A-League (After 3 Rounds)
Jurman was an unused sub.

Tahj Minniecon (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Sydney FC 0-2 Western Sydney Wanderers
2nd in A-League (After 3 Rounds)
Tahj came off the bench late in the game.

Brisbane keeper on Womens Balon d’Or 2013 shortlist


Brisbane Roar W-League goalkeeper Nadine Angerer has today been announced on the shortlist for the 2013 FIFA Women’s player of the year award. The list has been complied in-conjunction between FIFA and France Football Magazine, and will be cut down to a list of 3 in early December. From there all the coaches and captains of the national teams will place there votes, and the results will be announced at the 2014 Fifa awards in Zurich in early 2014.

Here is the full shortlist for the Women’s player of the year award:

Nadine Angerer (Germany), Nilla Fischer (Sweden), Lena Goessling (Germany), Saki Kumagai (Japan), Marta (Brazil), Alex Morgan (USA), Yuki Ogimi (Japan), Lotta Schelin (Sweden), Christine Sinclair (Canada), Abby Wambach (USA).

Brisbane fans will get their chance to see the German international in action for the first time when the W-League kicks off in two weeks time. Brisbane open their W-League campaign at home to Canberra at AJ Kelly Field (Peninsula Power) on November 9th at 3.00pm and will be looking to defend their premiership from last season, and go a couple of steps further in the finals series.

Report: Miller, Berisha both set to miss Heart clash

Via Marco: Brisbane Roar could be without their new Irish import Liam Miller for next weekends

Miller could miss upto a month (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Miller could miss upto a month (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

clash against Melbourne Heart with a calf strain. He’ll undergo scans on Monday to assess the damage however club physio Tim Oostenbroek thinks that the midfielder could be out for a month. Oostenbroek said that Miller felt a ‘ping in his calf’, before being substituted just after an hour of last night’s loss to Melbourne. “Liam’s a little bit more of a problem, “I’d expect that it would probably keep him sidelined for a month.”

In further injury news, Luke Brattan figures to be available for selection next Sunday after it was confirmed that he received a knock on his tibia. Oostenbroek said that Brattan should be back training within a few days and with a 10 days between games he should be fine for Sunday. He did however pour cold water on the prospects of Besart Berisha returning to the side for the game saying, “He won’t be available, we need to make sure that when Bes comes back he’s in the best possible shape.”

Going into the season the question regarding Brisbane was around the depth around the first team squad, and were getting an early glimpse into that depth. Petratos, Ferreira, Yeboah and Brown all seem likely to get regular first team appearances over the next few weeks, hopefully they take their opportunities.

Brisbane and Melbourne play out entertaining Youth League opener


Brisbane Roar (3) Walker 53′, Hore 71′, Ingham 74′
Melbourne Victory (3) Nabbout 2′, 68′, Karvelis 25′.
Goodwin Park, Yeronga.

Brisbane XI: Acton, Ferreira, Donachie, Jackson, Brady, Ingham, Lampard, Liftin, Theodore, Clut, Borrello.
Substitutions: Walker for Lampard (33’), Hore for Liftin (59’), Cronin for Brady (59’)
Unused Subs: Crickmore.

Melbourne XI: Thomas, Galloway, Ridesic, Karvelis, Murnane, J. Jeggo, L. Jeggo, Mahazi, Nabbout, Cristaldo, Makarounas.
Substitutions: Buceto for Cristaldo (60’), Proia for L. Jeggo (60’), Duzel for Karvelis (60’).
Unused subs: Coulter.

Brisbane Roar starting formation

Brisbane Roar starting formation

Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory have played out an exciting 3-3 draw at Goodwin Park this afternoon, with the hosts showing the fighting spirit to fight back from 2-0 down at half time, and 3-1 with just 20 minutes remaining. Andrew Nabbout gave the Victory the lead with a counter attacking goal very early in the game, before James Karvelis doubled the lead after a scrappy corner routine. Substitute Jaiden Walker gave Brisbane hope with a deflected long range effort from the left hand side before Brisbane were again burned by the pace of Nabbout on the counter. Brisbane refused to die however and substitute Mitchell Hore capped off a good team goal with a striker from just outside of the box, before a break down the right side from Patrick Theodore resulted in a tap in at the back post for Jai Ingham.

Victory controlled the opening half of the game both in a possession and territorial sense, with Brisbane struggling to create much in the opening half. That turned around in the second half with Brisbane controlling the majority of the play. Victory looked most dangerous when releasing Nabbout in behind down their left hand side, and the fringe first teamer gave Ferreira a torrid day at right back.

In the second half Brisbane adjusted with Patrick Theodore moving from a central role to a wide right role and he had much more joy out on the flank against Murnane, and as such Brisbane began to penetrate more which lead to the goals. Borrello worked his socks off upfront, however he just lacked the composure required when the chances fell his way late in the game. He did hit the bar with a long range thunderbolt in the first half however.

Few notes on a couple of individuals:Borrello: Worked extremely hard upfront making runs off the ball ,and his positioning wasn’t bad. He lacked service for the most part however, especially in the first half.

Theodore: Started the game in a #10 role and struggled to get on the ball and involved in the game, however he was shifted wide right when Cronin came on and he then managed to get himself in behind his defender to good effect.

Liftin: Im not sure if he was carrying an injury or something, but he didn’t seem to be himself today, which probably goes some way to explaining why he was subbed after an hour. It’s an opportunity missed however given the injuries to the first team atm.

Melbourne: They stacked their team with a host of fringe first teamers and Nabbout was by far the most impressive of the bunch. Young defender James Karvelis could be one to watch for the future however, he’s already got the frame of a central defender.

Up next:
Brisbane are at home once again next weekend, with a home game against Melbourne Heart next Saturday. Kick-off is once again set down for 2.30pm at Goodwin Park, Yeronga.